Category Archives: tar sands

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This blog isn’t being updated right now (we’re making it official).  Please check in for news on the Plains Justice website, the Clean Energy Ambassadors website, or the Great Plains Tar Sands Pipelines blog.

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New Keystone XL Article

Plains Justice President Carrie La Seur has a new Keystone XL article on Grist.org, noting the many unresolved issues raised by Plains Justice’s 2010 pipeline safety reports.  In light of the recent Yellowstone River spill, these issues are more urgent … Continue reading

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Hyperion Refinery Will Have Double the GHG Emissions, and Now It’s for Tar Sands

Over on our Great Plains Tar Sands Pipelines blog, news about the proposed Hyperion Refinery at Elk Point, SD, near Plains Justice’s Vermillion office. Previous greenhouse gas emissions projections were apparently way off due to some forgotten cokers, and now … Continue reading

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New CERES investor report on synthetic fuels

A new report from CERES raises concerns about investor risks in development of oil shale and coal-to-liquid fuels, two forms of alternative fuel that require large amounts of scarce water resources, create major environmental impacts including contamination of drinking water … Continue reading

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International Stop the Tar Sands Day

New email in from Germany, from a group that’s organizing global protests against Canadian tar sands extraction. There’s an international protest planned for June 2011. This is a step beyond the local work Plains Justice does to make sure there’s … Continue reading

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Plains Justice Attorney Briefs Nebraska Farmers on Oil Spill Response

Later this week in Grand Island, Nebraska, Plains Justice Staff Attorney Paul Blackburn will present our new report on emergency response planning on the Keystone tar sands pipeline system at the annual meeting of Nebraska Farmers Union. Nebraska farmers are … Continue reading

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Plains Justice Report: Pipeline Emergency Response Plans Dangerously Inadequate

Today Plains Justice released a first-of-its-kind report showing that TransCanada’s emergency response plan and on-the-ground spill defense preparations for the Keystone pipeline system are inadequate to respond to a serious spill along the thousands of miles of buried pipeline already … Continue reading

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